The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Promoting the development of commerce between Canada and Japan since 1975, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ) is a private sector, not-for-profit business organization serving its members through communications, networking and advocacy. Representing some 33 business sectors, the CCCJ is a member-driven, member-focused organization and is the longest serving Canadian Chamber in Asia with over 300 members.
CCCJ members represent a broad cross-section of businesspersons and entrepreneurs from Canada, Japan and other countries. They include Canadian companies operating in Japan, Japanese companies and individuals with ties to Canada, small business owners and Canadians working in Japan.
The CCCJ and the Canada-Japan Society of British Columbia signed an MOU in May, 2012 as part of BC Premier Clark's trade mission stop in Japan. In reporting that event, Vancouver Sun reporter Don Cayo commented as follows:
"Ultimately, of course, it will be businesses, not governments, that will determine the goods and services and investments to flow between our two countries. And in that regard, it was good see one of Clark’s first functions in Japan was to help launch a memorandum of understanding between two influential business groups — The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan and the Canada-Japan Society of British Columbia.
The memorandum, which commemorates the work of the late John Mark Powles, who was tireless in fostering Canada-Japan ties, commits both groups practical steps to increase trade. They include providing information and advice for companies aspiring to do business in the other country, offering promotion opportunities and working with policy-makers in both governments."
Vancouver Mokuyokai Society
Founded in 1982, the Vancouver Mokuyokai Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving inter-cultural understanding between Japan and Canada. Its diverse members are Canadians and Japanese who have a strong professional or personal interest in Japan.